Genesis Owusu Brings Us Good Times!

Mitch Fuller, 9th September 2019

Music Moving the Metro Chart

The rise of Genesis Owusu in recent years has truly been incredible to watch and 2019 looks to be his biggest year yet! During his Smiling With No Teeth tour across May this year, the Canberra artist became known for his energetic live performances, slick beats and hip moving rhythms. His latest offering, Good Times - produced by The Free Nationals of Anderson .Paak fame - matches sharp rhymes with falsetto back-ups and every vocal trick in-between to establish a feel good groove that’ll keep you moving. It’s a taste of the versatility we have come to expect from a Genesis Owusu release. Good Times has landed him the number five position in the Metro Chart with Melbourne based duo, Hemm right behind him at number six. Hemm members Juice Webster and Robert Downie create music that’s both intimate and impeccably designed, crafting contemporary pop songs that explore the everyday complexities of connection in life and love. Their latest, Think About it takes notes from their previous work to further showcase their evolution as virtuosos of emotional, futurist pop.

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

Harvey Russell first began treading the boards of Sydney’s pubs and bars as frontman for rock and alt-country outfit Harvey Swagger Band in the late 2000’s before exploring more acoustic-based country-folk in duo Peasant Moon. In recent years, Russell’s solo music has received attention both in Australia and overseas thanks to his works’ contemporary bluster and grit while still honouring the rich tradition of country music. Rollin' Into Town is a shuffling, upbeat track about a transient lifestyle, a fine road song featuring some sublime fiddle playing and pedal steel that conveys the heartache of loneliness and the rush of the open road. The track debuted at number one atop the Regional chart this week with Tamworth’s own, Allison Forbes not far behind at number eight. Hailed as the new-age outlaw of country music, Forbes has been on the road full-time in anticipation of her forthcoming debut album Bonedigger, and if her lead single, Hell Freezes Over is anything to go by, expect a heavier, more alternative sound still imbedded in her love for gothic country.

Beyond the Charts

Classically trained with influences stemming from an endless range of genres, LUCIANBLOMKAMP stands alone in Australia as an artist of true invention and creativity. Having increased his production work and collaborations over the past couple of years, you could have expected his solo project to have taken a back seat, but with the release of Sound of The Morning, Lucian is back on track with another potent addition to his prolific discography. In his own words, "Over a period of around 2 years there’ve been 4 pretty dramatically different versions of the track. Ironically the main inspiration for the track came from a melody that’s no longer even in the song, which was inspired by the opening melody of ‘Shadow’ by TAPZ. Wild how much the idea’s changed since then." It may not be on the charts this week, but keep an ear out for Sound of The Morning as it’s sure to get plenty of plays on community radio!

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The Amrap Charts show the top ten tracks ordered for airplay by community broadcasters through the Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service in both metropolitan and regional areas of the country. Amrap is an initiative of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia which distributes new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide & empowers broadcasters to promote new Australian music on air & online.

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